College GameDay is at Louisville for Saturday night's game against Clemson.
Two things stood way out last week: Clemson's ferocious front four (or eight, including backups) on defense, and Lamar Jackson 2.0. It is coming off a hard-fought 14-6 win over Auburn last Saturday. The obvious choice might be someone on Clemson's defensive line, or all of them. The Irish have won the last five meetings since Boston College beat them 17-10 in 2008.
Although this game might not get much national attention, it has one of the more interesting quarterback prospects in the country.
A few hours after the Cardinals rolled up 705 yards against the Tar Heels, the Clemson defense racked up 11 sacks and limited Auburn to 117 total yards in a 14-6 win in Death Valley.
The question mark with the Cardinals comes on the defensive side of the ball, and giving up 35 points to North Carolina answered none of those questions.
One one side, there's 2016 Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson. Jackson leads the nation in total offense and needs just 37 rushing yards to set an ACC career mark for rushing yards by a QB. Bad teams are also prone to having bad defenses, which would theoretically make it easier to run wild. He remains as electric as ever on the ground, and he looks as if he's improved as a passer.
Clemson barely survived this matchup in 2016, and this one's in Louisville. However, Louisville was Jackson or bust for the most part last season, and the Cards almost beat Clemson on the road anyway.
On offense, the best Clemson prospect is junior tackle Mitch Hyatt. The good news is that sometimes it's the weekends you don't expect much from that deliver the most, and we should all hope that's the case this week.
The game should be close, prompting the latest hype videos to be appropriately named: "A Game of Inches". Also, while young and not yet proven, Kelly Bryant looks promising at quarterback. - Bryant has been impressive to start the season.
Will believes there will be great offense and defense this weekend between Clemson and Louisville and see it being a very entertaining game. They'll score enough to cover this big spread on the road. Clemson's offense is powerful, no doubt, but as good as Kelly Bryant has been this season, he's not Deshaun Watson. Don't forget this game had three overtimes. Louisville, on the other hand, has a plus-one turnover margin through two games after forcing Purdue to four turnovers in their opening game.
Gruden's including a bunch of wins that didn't impact either Heisman race, seeing as they were either Playoff games or spread across two seasons.
"We know what he can do when he tucks it and runs it", Carter said.
"They helped (Jackson) when the Heisman", he said.
It's scary to think that Jackson is improved from past year, but that has certainly been the case over the season's first two games.
"(The game is) going to depend on the offensive line and the running backs for Louisville as far as what kind of success that Lamar has", Fedora said. But if the Tigers can somehow come away successful, their chances of leaving Louisville with a big road win will be increased significantly.